Building Tomorrow's Church is a one of a kind event geared towards Reformed Baptist young adults—singles and married couples, ages 18 to 30-something—who desire to learn more about the importance of the local church and how to serve Christ through it.

BTC is a ministry of Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, Arizona, and operates under the oversight of the GCC elders.

Purpose

The Building Tomorrow’s Church conference ministry, or BTC, was established for the purpose of encouraging young adults who are professing believers, specifically those in the larger Reformed Baptist community throughout North America, to love Christ and to love that which Christ loved and died for—His bride, the Church.

It is vital that today’s young people continue in the footsteps of the passing generation, their parents and grandparents in the faith, and stay faithful to God in their doctrine and practice. The goal of BTC is to see this generation of young people filled with a sincere enthusiasm for strengthening the body of Christ by pursuing godly living, confessing biblical truths, and actively serving in local churches.

Distinctives

Jim Renihan

REFORMED
BTC is a one-of-a-kind conference ministry designed by Reformed Baptists for Reformed Baptists. We make no apologies for standing upon a confessional foundation (the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith) as we seek to interpret the Word of God and apply it to our lives. This shows up most prominently in both our speaker selection and target audience. The speakers we invite are men who subscribe to the 1689 Baptist Confession, and our target audience are young adults from Reformed Baptist churches.

 

BTC fun

RELATIONAL
Genuine, potentially life-long friendships are born every summer at BTC. Many of the BTC attendees come from relatively small churches in various corners of the continent; but at BTC they are introduced to other Christians who share similar beliefs and belong to similar confessional Baptist congregations. We thank the Lord for what He has done through this conference to bring like-minded young believers from churches across North America together each year.

 

BTC breakout session

REAL
Biblical Truth is the foundation of the ministry of BTC. Whether it's the preaching, the song singing, the breakout session discussions, or conversations across the table during meals, at BTC, we emphasize authentic Christianity. In practice, this often means that we encourage young people to dig deep into their Bibles; to go to their pastors with questions and concerns; to serve in their local churches; and to seek godly counsel from wiser brothers and sisters in Christ. More than anything, at BTC the message of the Gospel of Christ is the focus. Plain and simple. And real.

I was completely blown away by the weight and seriousness of the teaching... I am still processing through the richness and depth of truth presented!”
— BTC15 Attendee

BTC began in 2008 as a way to encourage the next generation of Reformed Baptists in their service to local churches...

The March evening was chilly, and made colder by the breeze that blew across the plateau. Just outside the city limits of Prescott, Arizona, a quaint, old town with its iconic Courthouse Square and Whiskey Row, three friends sat by the backyard bonfire and enjoyed typical campfire conversation—typical for Reformed Baptist Christians, at least. The topic: the spiritual health of the church in America, specifically among those who were of the younger, up-and-coming generation of tomorrow. 

Todd and Annie Froman had invested much in the younger generation as they ministered for the past few years to the youth group at Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, Arizona. David Giarrizzo was one of those teenage kids they had invested in just a few years earlier. Now a college student on spring break, David found himself enjoying a weekend with them at their new residence in northern Arizona discussing the spiritual health of the up-and-coming generation of the church. David had been discouraged to see some of his own friends from high school drifting away from the churches—and faith—of their parents. “How can we encourage those currently being raised in Reformed Baptist churches to stay there and to embrace the confessional Christianity handed down to them?,” he wondered.

As he saw more young adults leave the faith or move to different churches, David’s desire intensified for a conference that would be reformed, relational, and real.

Born out of that fireside conversation was the idea of an annual conference for young adults through which we would seek to encourage them in active church ministry. Of course this conference wouldn't fix the problems that David observed, but hopefully it would provide one more source of encouragement to young people to stay connected to their local churches and faithful in their service to the Lord.

That was in 2004. We had no idea at the time that four years later Grace Covenant Church would host the first such conference; nor that 10 years later, the Building Tomorrow's Church conference would continue to encourage young people across North America each year.

10 years later, the impact of BTC is visible in part through the everyday faithfulness of young people in local churches across the country.

We at Grace Covenant Church are continually encouraged through hosting Building Tomorrow's Church conference each year as we continue to meet young men and women who are serious about their faith and intent on serving Christ through their local churches. Christ is continuing to build His Church on this earth and truly, the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
— Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV

Planning Committee

Building Tomorrow's Church is a conference ministry of Grace Covenant Church in Gilbert, Arizona.

BTC is not a stand-alone parachurch organization, but it is one of the many ministries of GCC Gilbert. The BTC planning committee is comprised solely of members of GCC Gilbert and is under the direct oversight of the GCC elders. In fact, we are thankful to have both elders and deacons involved in the organization of each conference as members of the BTC planning committee.

The BTC planning committee listed below works hard throughout the year to organize and execute and enjoyable conference each summer, all to the glory of God and for the good of Christ's church.

 

David Giarrizzo
Founder, Director

Kelly Gonzales
Registrar

Matt Johnson
Treasurer

 
 

Ken Balcom

Peggie Balcom

Michael Beatty

Justin Bond

Paige Giarrizzo

Paul Giarrizzo

Roberta Giarrizzo

Steven Gonzales

Stephen Kountz

Rob-roy Nelson

Josh Rusev

 
 
 

The attentiveness to detail and doctrine make this a highlight for all who attend. We are thankful for all who work so hard to put this together.”
— Jarrett Downs, Heritage Baptist Church, Mansfield, Texas

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Mailing Address:

Building Tomorrow's Church
c/o Grace Covenant Church
1255 N. Greenfield Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234